Cycling

Cycling trail

Long Mynd Classic

Cycling trail

This ride starts and finishes in Carding Mill Valley and covers tough climbs, high speed descents, technical tracks and of course great views along the way too.

The shadow of a bike on a path at the top of Long Mynd

Map

Map showing a cycle route around the Long Mynd

Start:

Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO411949

1

From Carding Mill Valley begin to climb on tarmac first, through the top car park and onto the gravel and cross the stream.

2

At the confluence take the right hand junction up Mott’s Road, up the steep climb.

3

At the top the path starts to level out and on reaching the T-junction turn left and head south on the main gravel track.

4

Bear right at the next junction and follow the trail to Shooting Box. Cross the road and continue on to Pole Bank, the highest point on Long Mynd.

5

Continue straight to join the road and carry on all the way to the entrance to the Gliding Club.

6

Turn left before the cattle grid and pick out the trail into Minton Batch. After the single track and farm continue to the road.

7

Turn right and right again at the next junction. Take the road to the forest and follow the gravel forest track through the main gate then a second gate and follow the main track.The trail levels out after a time.

8

Bear left at the large junction and continue to climb to go straight at the cross roads.

9

Through the gate, across the open moorland, through the next gate then turn right onto the Portway path. Through the next gate then at the next junction bear left (staying on top of the hill, not descending) follow the Starboard way around the glider station and join the Portway road. Continue north back along the road towards Pole Bank again.

10

Turn right (signed 9 Little Stretton) and follow the main grass trail as it gently descends then steepens before a short climb and yet more fast descending to Little Stretton.

11

At the road bear left to the Ragleth Inn then left again on the main road for a gentle ride back. Follow the brown signs back to Carding Mill Valley.

End:

Carding Mill Valley, grid ref: SO411949

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Long Mynd Classic

Terrain

This route includes tough climbs, high speed decents and technical single tracks. This route is on bridleways, so there is likely to be other users including walkers and horse riders.

Long Mynd Classic

How to get here

Address
Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6JG
By train

1 mile (1.6km) from Church Stretton

By road

West of Church Stretton Valley and A49; approached from Church Stretton or from Ratlinghope or Asterton; parking: 50 yards (pay and display); SatNav: SY6 6JG

By foot

Many long-distance routes, including Jack Mytton Way and Shropshire Way

By bus

Shrewsbury to Ludlow, alight Church Stretton, ½ mile (0.8km). Long Mynd Shuttle Bus weekends and bank holidays (Easter to October), plus shuttle to Stiperstones

By bicycle

10 miles (16km) of off-road tracks and bridleways: Check the Sustrans website.

Long Mynd Classic

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room - serving hot and cold meals, homemade cakes and ice-creams
  • Gift shop - selling gifts and walking essentials
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Information
  • Parking